National Climate Change Risk Assessment panel appointed

The Minister for Climate Change welcomes the Ministry for the Environment’s appointment of an expert panel to create the framework for New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment.

“The National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) will provide a national overview of how climate change is likely to impact New Zealand, and will identify where the gaps in our knowledge are,” says the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw.

“We need to be assessing now what the future risks of climate change will be, and where and how New Zealand needs to adapt. We also need to be able to anticipate what our most challenging issues are likely to be.

“The NCCRA will inform and help prioritise effective adaptation action,” James Shaw says.

The initial step is to create a risk assessment framework, which will enable comparisons of a broad range of risks.

The panel will produce a National Climate Change Risk Assessment framework by the end of June and the first risk assessment will be completed by the middle of next year.

Find out who is on the panel